Super Lemon Haze: Quick Overview
The sativa-dominant Super Lemon Haze is a star cannabis strain from the haze line. A cross of Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, it was originally bred out of the Green House Seed Co. in Amsterdam. Today it stands as a super favorite among both Haze fans and those who love fruity, uplifting, citrusy strains.
Type: 80:20 sativa-dominant hybrid
THC Level: Can be over 25%, 18% average
Effects: Happy, uplifted, energetic, euphoric, creative
Smell and Flavor Profile: Sweet, fruity, sour, citrus, tangy, lemon
Grow Difficulty: Easy
Super Lemon Haze Strain Benefits/Effects
Super Lemon Haze or SLH is seriously special, touted as among the best strains for sativa lovers on the market, and all pedigree. This sativa-dominant hybrid starts with a tart whiff of lemons that accurately previews its taste—although you’ll also love the sweetness. The onset of the effects from Super Lemon Haze is slow, gradual, and powerful, leading up to a strong, joyful, euphoric high. And nothing beats the zesty lemon flavor of this great daytime smoke.
Super Lemon Haze is a 80%-20% sativa-dominant hybrid strain that provides a happy and energizing sense of euphoria followed by a smooth, steady push of mental happy steam. Super Lemon Haze works well as a medical marijuana strain, with high THC levels between 16 and 25%, and THC content of 18% on average.
This powerfully uplifting benefits of Super Lemon Haze are matched only by its delightfully stimulating, lively lemon aroma. And although these effects are classically sativa in how they feel, the strain remains a hybrid, offering some tempered indica body soothing relief as well.
For all of these reasons, Super Lemon Haze makes for an excellent wake-and-bake strain, even for people who are challenged by fatigue or chronic pain. It’s also a go-to for date night! If you’re hoping for the right surge of energy, creativity, or productivity that’s all happy mood and no couch-lock, this is your strain.
However, a word of caution may be in order, in that despite these uplifting effects, Super Lemon Haze is not a beginner’s strain. With head effects like these, expect a serious yet clear-headed high, without brain fog or forgetfulness.
Among the most award-winning cannabis strains, Super Lemon Haze won first place at the High Times Cannabis Cup, two-times, in 2008 and 2009. But it wasn’t done, going on to place 2nd at the Cannabis Cup and 1st at the IC 420 Grower’s Cup in 2010, and then in 2011 taking 2nd at the Spannabis Champions Cup in the Indoor Hydro Cup category. In 2012, Super Lemon Haze won 1st place at both the Seattle Medical Cup and 2nd spot at ExpoGrow—and then in 2013, the strain went on to master ExpoGrow, finally taking 1st place.
SLH Medical Benefits
Super Lemon Haze can be an excellent daytime medical marijuana strain for treating mood disorders, stress, chronic depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic fatigue. These uses come from its status as a mood elevating yet balanced hybrid strain with social, energetic properties. This strain can also help treat muscle spasms, appetite loss, joint pains, minor aches and pains, ADD/ADHD, nausea, and migraine headaches.
Super Lemon Haze is an altogether reliable source of pain relief, producing a tingly happiness that really distracts from other issues. And for people who might not otherwise be willing to try cannabis as medicine, the uplifting, appealing smell and flavor of this strain may make it a more appetizing choice.
The creative and focused boost of energy you get from this strain provides a sense of motivation like no other—and this is why patients with certain kinds of depression, ADHD, and fatigue really love Super Lemon Haze. For those times when nothing else seems to be able to get you moving, this is the kick-start you need.
Super Lemon Haze Taste and Smell
There is no doubt from the moment you pop open a jar of Super Lemon Haze that the genetics of its parent strain, Lemon Skunk, are dominating your nose. You won’t mind—this strain’s aroma is potent yet absolutely delightful, and distinctively lemony. However, the smell is more layered and complex, with notes of peppery spiciness, candy-like sweetness, and earthiness. This scent will hang in the air, and it is honestly one of the most aromatic of cannabis strains.
As good as Super Lemon Haze smells—and it does—it may taste even better. If you love concentrates and dabbing, do not pass up a chance to dab Super Lemon Haze if you run across it in concentrate form at the dispensary. This strain tastes like fresh citrus, with hints of sour and earthy spice from its Super Silver Haze parent. If you could dab a Lemonhead candy, it might taste like this, plus undertones of herbs and flowers.
Super Lemon Haze Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile
The Super Lemon Haze strain has an average THC content on average of 18%, with phenotypes ranging from 16% to 25%. Levels of minor cannabinoids for Super Lemon Haze are amazing, with CBD, CBG, and CBC all making notable showings in most samples, and less common cannabinoids such as CBN still detectable. The presence of these minor cannabinoids are likely to offset some of the classic high THC side effects you might otherwise experience, such as dry eyes and dry mouth.
Predictably, Super Lemon Haze is rich in the terpenes Limonene and Terpinolene, with smaller amounts of Caryophyllene, Ocimene, and Humulene, and trace amounts of Linalool, Myrcene, and Pinene in many samples.
Limonene produces energizing, uplifting effects that lift the mood, treating anxiety and stress. It also improves digestion and acts as an antibacterial and an antifungal.
Terpinolene, also famous for energizing, uplifting effects, is perfect for enhancing your outlook and brightening anyone’s mood. Terpinolene-rich strains such as Super Lemon Haze smell, taste, and feel like a fruity, sweet, powerful explosion. But terpinolene also includes real physical benefits, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic effects.
Caryophyllene is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that relieves pain. It can treat anxiety and stress, as well. Ocimene’s benefits include antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, decongestant, and antiseptic effects. Humulene can affect appetite, either to restore appetite or calm an overactive appetite. It is also a pain reliever.
Among the earliest known sleep aids in the world, linalool is well-understood to have anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and stress-relieving effects. Myrcene, like other terpenes, has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, sedative, and pain-relieving qualities. Myrcene also boasts antimutagenic or anti-cancer qualities and soothing, herbal mood effects.
Pinene may help prevent a common THC side effect: short-term memory impairment. Pinene also helps ease breathing difficulties thanks to its bronchodilator benefits and has anti-anxiety effects.
SLH History and Genetics
Super Lemon Haze is the creation of Arjan at Greenhouse Seed Co, and the child of the power couple Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. Lemon Skunk stretches back to the famous Skunk No. 1 or Skunk #1, as does Super Silver Haze, although SSH also counts itself among the progeny of Haze and Northern Lights.
An energizing hybrid strain, DNA Genetics developed Lemon Skunk specifically to treat stress and depression—and it’s aces at both. It lends its uplifting citrusy smell and taste to Super Lemon Haze, along with some subtle skunky notes and a happy, uplifted vibe.
A classic sativa strain, Super Silver Haze is a serious Cannabis Cup winner, just like its baby, Super Lemon Haze. This strain is well-known for a long-lasting body high unusual among sativas and major, long-lasting energetic benefits.
If You Love Super Lemon Haze Marijuana, Try These Strains
If you love the energized mood and happy feeling you get from Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, or Purple Haze, but you love that lemony flavor, Super Lemon Haze is your strain. Or maybe you’ve always been a fan of that fruity, citrus flavor you get from Orange Cookies, Lemon Pie, or Lemon Skunk, but you’re ready to fire up your energy in a more potent, Haze-inspired way? Super Lemon Haze is the one.
And if happy and productive is your target mood and Candy Jack or J1 is typically how you get there, get there with even more flavor and Super Lemon Haze.
Growing the Super Lemon Haze Strain
Super Lemon Haze plants are striking, and not just because of their amazing smell. Their resinous, sugary buds are interwoven with vivid, orange-yellow pistils, making the plants ready for harvest quite a sight.
This plant grows like a classic sativa, Christmas tree-style, and tall, but it responds well to topping, with short internodes. As it develops and flowers, expect to see dense nugs covered in glossy trichomes with a high ratio of calyxes to leaves.
SLH thrives inside or outdoors in warm weather although it likes it inside, and it works well in both high-EC hydroponic setups or soil. Some growers prefer to enhance that lemon aroma and taste by growing in soil. A fairly low-maintenance grow, Super Lemon Haze resists many common pests and molds naturally.
However, although it may not demand excessive attention, Super Lemon Haze may not be the best choice for a first time grower, if only because it may demand support during the flowering period. To reach optimal yields with Super Lemon Haze, implement the Screen of Green technique and/or Low-Stress Training (LST).
Flowering time indoors takes around 9 to 10 weeks and yields generously at an average of 28 ounces per square meter. Outdoors, Super Lemon Haze is relatively uncomplicated to grow, and loves a sunny Mediterranean climate. In that setting, it can yield massively, an estimated 35 ounces per plant during harvest, which takes place around the end of October. According to Green House Seeds, you should give your babies an extra week of time to grow to really max out that lemon smell.